Due to the unique circumstances of this time, the state is giving parents latitude in determining how they want their child's educational program delivered. Some families will still not be comfortable sending children back for in-person instruction. A plan will be in place to provide instruction to students whose families request that they attend school remotely. As a parent, you have three main options through the public schools:
School: Have your child participate in the full-time, in-person program at the school. If your child is a registered student, you do not need to take any additional action.
School at Home: Request that your child be provided an alternative program that can be completed from home and will be provided by the Farmington Schools. Students will need to be available during school hours in order to complete this program. If you will be selecting this option, contact your school principal by Wednesday, July 15th, 2020.
Homeschool: Request to homeschool your child on your own. In this case, you take over all the educational planning and assessing of your own child. Contact Veronica Ruzek email@example.com if you'd like to discuss this option.
Internet Essentials Free for New Customers: Individuals or families looking to sign up for Internet Essentials should call 1-855-846-8376 or visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Both customers and non-customers can access outdoor and small business-based Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots for free for the next 60 days. Xfinity customers can download the Xfinity WiFi app and find the nearest hotspot on the map view. Non-customers can find their nearest hotspot by visiting https://wifi.xfinity.com and entering their zip code.
Farmington is transitioning from a cart based model to a take home 1:1 device model. All students will be required to use a Farmington issued Chromebook for academics. The reason for the shift to a 1:1 approach is as follows:
Ensures device and network security as well as ongoing monitoring of all devices
Limits viruses and other issues associated with students bringing their own device
Ensures equitable access for all students
Allows the school district to quickly shift to remote learning at any time
Allows the district to quickly and easily distribute software and features that can be used off-campus